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Foundation for Rural Service Broadband Tour Brings Nearly 20 Congressional Staffers to Rural Wyoming

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (August 15, 2016)—The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Congressional Broadband Tour will host nineteen congressional staffers in Wyoming on August 15–18.

The tour will include visits to broadband companies Tri-County Telephone Association (Cody, Wyo.), RT Communications (Worland, Wyo.), Dubois Telephone Exchange, Inc. (Dubois, Wyo.) and Silver Star Communications (Freedom, Wyo.).

“The FRS Congressional Broadband Tour is a great opportunity to bring congressional staffers to rural communities where they can get a firsthand look and experience the operation, challenges and impacts of rural broadband,” said FRS Executive Director Jessica Golden. “These visits will show the role broadband plays in supporting health care, public safety, economic development, education and agriculture in rural communities.”

The annual educational tour is made possible by donations to the foundation from individuals, companies and organizations like Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC).

More information about FRS and the Congressional Broadband Tour is available online at www.frs.org and on NTCA Exchange. Tour updates will be available on the FRS Facebook page.

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The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow’s economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of today’s youth. Visit us at www.frs.org.

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing more than 800 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.